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Long County STARS recognized
Long County STAR Teacher Cynthia Wells (left) and STAR Student Sarah Taylor Leggett. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County Chamber of Commerce recognized its local  STAR student and STAR teacher  Feb. 20 during its monthly meeting.
 The STAR program is a joint effort by the Georgia Department of Education and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, which recognizes a top academic high school student in an area and a teacher of that student’s choice for academic excellence.
The STAR student for  Long County was Sarah Taylor Leggett. Some of the honors and awards Leggett has obtained was having the highest GPA score for her class in her freshman, sophomore and junior, years in high school.
She also received the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizenship Award for Long County in 2006 and 2007, the Patrick S. Gilmore Award in 2006, and has been the captain of the high school band in 2006 and 2007.  
She is the daughter of Marvin and Lora Leggett, and plans to attend Georgia Tech in the fall after graduation.
Leggett chose Cynthia Wells as her STAR teacher. This is Wells second time receiving the Star teacher award in Long County. She is a 1988 graduate of Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in music. She has been teaching for 22 years, and had been a teacher for Long County for the past 10 years.
She also was on the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2006.  She is married to Cleon Wells and resides in Long County.
Both Leggett and Wells plan to compete at the region and state levels for the STAR student and teacher awards.
Terri Hrisak, on behalf of the Long County Chamber of Commerce, presented the awards to Leggett and Wells along with checks for $200 to help cover expenses at the two events.
According to Hrisak, this was the chamber’s 10th year in sponsoring the STAR Award for the county.
In other business
Chamber President Beverly Johnson also reported the Progress Through People Breakfast at the Ludowici Church of God is set for March 20.
The guest speaker will be Mark Waters who will address issues regarding credit, credit scores and credit applications.
Johnson also reported there will be a grand opening for a new business, The Countyline Barn on March 24.
She noted the chamber’s next meeting will be April 17 at the senior center in Ludowici.
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